Trustees

Deliah BALLE Watu MIHINUI Kirikowhai MIKAERE Wārena MORGAN Rangitihi PENE

Deliah BALLE

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Deliah (Ngāti Hinemihi, Ngāti Tūohonoa and Ngāti Tutea) was elected onto the Trust in July 2019, following Trust elections on 15 June 2019.

Deliah works as a senior policy and engagement planner with Te Arawa Lakes Trust’s (TALT) environmental team, Te Papa Ahurewa. She is currently responsible for the implementation of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM) and Te Mana o Te Wai.

She has been with Te Arawa lakes Trust for four years and her responsibilities included the Trust’s statutory and Settlement Protocols, overseeing resource consents and leading the gazettal of the Te Arawa Lakes tāonga fisheries bylaws in 2020. Deliah is also a member of the iwi technical advisory group for freshwater (ILGF) and a trustee on Te Arawa River Iwi Trust. Deliah is passionate about protecting the natural resources and advocating for the rights and interests of our people.

Watu MIHINUI

I have a wealth of experience and skills in community and hapū development after 40 years in the public service and 68 years as an uri of Wāhiao and Mutukuri Waretini. At heart, I remain a whaka blonde penny diver.

From a young age I was always at the wharekai learning/slaving away at the ins and outs of manaakitanga, a legacy now entrusted to my uri. We were in fact sent to the marae to be there for our father who sat on the pae but was not of Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao descent.

In 2010 I founded the Te Whare Korero o Tūhourangi komiti, responsible for the renaissance of Tūhourangitanga at Te Pākira marae. This komiti became the whangai of Tūhourangi Tribal Authority in 2016, my second term as a trustee. The outcomes continue to stack up. I pay tribute to my dear friend Muriwai Ihakara who unstintingly shared his expertise and skill with our paetapu.

In October 2021 five Tūhourangi taonga were unveiled at Te Pūtake o Tawa, a project two years in the making, which I managed on behalf of Tūhourangi Tribal Authority. A spectacular event produced entirely by our hapū- tohunga whakairo/toi, tohunga karakia, tohunga whakapapa, pou korero, pou karanga, kapahaka superseded all challenges. Nga mihi rawa atu kia ratou katoa.

Nga mihi
Na Watu Mihinui

Kirikowhai MIKAERE

Kirikowhai Mikaere

Ka moe a Mikaere Heretaunga ki a Kirikowhai Poumako ka puta ko Perenara, ka moe a Perenara (Buck) Mikaere ki a Kahoki (Pipo) Eparaima ka puta ko William (Wiremu) Mikaere. Ko William Mikaere tōku pāpā, Ko Kirikowhai Mikaere tēnei e mihi ana.

Kirikowhai is a proud Mama to Kapuarangi Te Awa-i-honoa Mikaere Hayes and Te Wai Kura Erena Hayes,
and partner of Selwyn Hayes (Ngāi Tai,Te Ātihaunui a Pāpārangi).

For over 18 years Kirikowhai has specialised in iwi Māori data and information, focusing on harnessing data to empower iwi, hapū, whānau and community development. She has advised tribal, community and private sector organisations as well as ministers and government agencies with practical statistical analysis and innovative indigenous place-based data solutions. She is also is the current lead technical advisor to the Iwi Chairs Forum - Data Leadership Group.

Kirikowhai says it is her honour to Chair the Tūhourangi Tribal Authority and subsequently sit as a director on Waimangu Volcanic Valley and a trustee on Te Pūmautanga o Te Arawa.

She holds multiple governance and advisory roles across the NGO and government sectors. Kirikowhai is passionate about creating pathways of contribution for our people, te oranga whānui o Tūhourangi and the integrated development of our people and our place.

Wārena MORGAN

Ko Wārena Morgan tōku ingoa, nō te whanau Morgan, Wikiriwhi, Hiini, Hatō, Haira mē Wīhapi, ōtirā nō Tūhourangi ahau. He mokopuna au ō Eruera raua kō Rangiātuhi (nee Haira) Morgan, Te Autiti raua kō Kahukura (nee Hemopō) Wikiriwhi, mē Karaneihana raua kō Kerera/Niki (nee Hatō) Hiini.

I am the Reliability and Machinery Safety Technician for Carter Holt Harvey at the Kinleith Plymill in Tokoroa, responsible for the reliability, guarding/safety of machinery, also I have some other responsibilities which involve security systems and camera systems.

I have held several senior positions on committee groups and organisations.
• President of the Whakarewarewa Community Sports Inc: 2018 – 2020
• President of the Rotorua Rugby Sub Union: 2020 – 2021
• President of the Central Bay of Plenty Rugby Sub Union: 2021 – 2022
• Member of the Bay of Plenty Rugby Judicial Panel: 2021
• Chairman of the Rotokākahi Board of Control: 2021

I have also been a past committee/board member for all the above entities.
I am an accomplished and energetic professional with a solid history of achievement in management and decision-making. A motivated leader with strong organisational and prioritisation abilities. Areas of expertise include financial-delegation, machinery safety and communication.

My decision to become a trustee, stems from my whakapapa and to represent our iwi with passion and integrity, developing strong networks and relationships enhancing the mana of Tūhourangi and I look forward to contributing my skills and dedication for the betterment of my iwi.

Rangitihi PENE

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Nō Ngāti Hinemihi, nō Ngāti Huarere ōtirā nō Tūhourangi ahau.
Ko taku tūmanako kia pūtaiki, arā kia kotahi ai te hoe!

I am self-employed and work in the education sector. I once worked for the Ministry of Education and taught Te Reo Māori at Rotorua Lakes and Raukura. I was also once Head of Te Kura Māori at Toi Ohomai / Waiariki.

I sit on the paepae of both Te Pākira and Hinemihi Marae and as part of Te Whare o Tūhourangi, organize hīkoi and wānanga for Tūhourangi. I compose for Te Kapa Haka o Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao, Raukura and Ngāti Tarāwhai.

One of my other passions is coaching basketball, I am President of the Rotorua Association and help run the National Māori Basketball Tournament.

I am chairman of the Hinemihi Marae and led the 2019 delegation to London, that convinced the National Trust UK to return our precious Hinemihi carvings. I am also one of Tūhourangi’s elected trustees on the Te Arawa Lakes Trust.

As a Tūhourangi Tribal Authority trustee, I am acutely aware that we have not yet achieved Equity, as an affiliate of Te Pūmautanga o Te Arawa. Equity is about gaining financial fairness and satisfaction from Te Arawa’s Treaty settlement. In particular, an account needs to be taken of our population, resources, the number and value of our claims. I am determined to help our people achieve Equity for the betterment of all of our people for generations to come.

Ngā mihi

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